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The 14th of July is Bastille Day, the national day of France, a celebration of the Storming of the Bastille, a turning point in the French Revolution.But on Sunday, Bastille Day belonged to French inventor Franky Zapata, who literally flew over the Bastille Day celebrations (led by French President Emmanuel Macron) like the Green Goblin.This was part of a military parade, featuring the 10 European countries that make up the European Intervention Initiative.Zapata stole the show, zipping through the air on a turbine engine-powered hoverboard, armed with a rifle.Zapata was the inventor of this device and, in 2018, was given a €1.3 million grant by the French military to make it functional for military use.Folks on Twitter made the obvious connection: Zapata is the French Green Goblin.
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While seeing Spider-Man: Far From Home in a public screening this past weekend, two unexpected things about the people in the cinema jumped out at me that elevated the filmgoing experience.The second was the wave of genuine shock that swept over the cinema as the shape of Mysterio’s Far From Home arc came into focus.Before Far From Home actually began playing, it was obvious that more than a few people had come to the cinema having not only seen trailers for the film, but also watched interviews talking about what to expect.You could hear murmurs about this being the first post-Endgame film in the MCU and how Tom Holland went about playing a Peter Parker still grappling with his grief over Tony Stark’s death.More than anything else, though, you could hear people talking about Mysterio, their own personal thoughts about whether he’d turn heel, and some of the more... fantastical things about the character that’d come out of interviews promoting the movie.Some of the biggest questions raised by Mysterio’s debut in Far From Home’s first trailers revolved around the nature of his seemingly fantastical powers and the possibility that he was from an alternate universe created by the events of Endgame.
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Nothing Lady Gaga does is conventional, and that now includes launching her new beauty brand exclusively on Amazon.In a move that shocked the beauty retail industry, Lady Gaga’s upcoming beauty line Haus Laboratories will be available on Amazon in nine countries starting in September.“A lot of companies do not like to be on Amazon because they believe it degrades their brand,” said Michelle Grant, head of retailing at Euromonitor, a market research company.“So to have Lady Gaga do an exclusive with Amazon is very pivotal.”Haus Laboratories is set to go live in September, with preorders beginning on Prime Day, July 15.The beauty line includes six collections and nine limited-edition duo sets, with products such as lip gloss and shimmer powder.
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Amazon Web Services has installed the president of Amazon China as its executive director for the country as the US web giant looks for expansion in the local cloud market, according to Sina Finance (in Chinese).Why it matters: The move supports Amazon’s efforts to focus more on cloud computing and cross-border e-commerce after it announced plans to shrink online retail offerings in the country earlier this year.The company told TechNode in April that it would cease support for third-party merchants on Amazon China’s website from July 18.Amazon faces overwhelming competition from domestic players in the country.Details: Current Amazon Global Vice President and Amazon China President Zhang Wenyi takes on the new role of vice president of global markets for AWS and executive director for China.It remains unclear if she will remain in her other roles.
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The Leica V-Lux zoom series is joining the big leagues.On Wednesday, July 10, Leica announced the V-Lux 5 advanced zoom camera, stepping the series up from a small 1/2.3-inch sensor to the 1-inch sensor popular among advanced compact cameras.But despite a long list of improvements over the predecessor, the V-Lux 5 sits at a competitive price point, a rarity for the brand known for its luxury cameras.The Leica V-Lux 5 mixes a 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor with a 16x zoom lens.The lens covers a range equivalent to a 25-400mm lens on a full-frame camera, while offering a bright f/2.8-4 maximum aperture from the widest to the telephoto reaches of the lens.Optical image stabilization is built in to help steady that longer reach.
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Modern petrol-powered motorcycles are quick off the mark no doubt, but a growing number of new electric models could be set to push the boundaries further.Two-wheels and plenty of battery power, combined with a lightweight design means the instant burst of torque you get from a battery and electric motor configuration is perfect for bikes.And, as prototype creations go it’s certainly a looker.Better still, the Arc Vector isn’t just a show-without-the-go creation that has no real meat under the bones.The Arc Vector is going to become a real, production entity.Whilst it’ll also be low volume rather than mass-produced, Arc plans to start its built-to-order production in South Wales, commencing in 2020.
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Thanks to Apple’s impressive array of depth-sensing 3D sensors, the newer model iPhones let you unlock them using facial recognition.But what if it didn’t take on-board processing to carry out identification tasks, but it could instead be done by the glass of the smartphone display itself?It sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been working to bring to life.They have developed a type of smart glass that’s able to recognize images (and maybe one day other things) without needing any sensors, circuits, or even power sources to do so.The process relies on the way that light bends as it passes through the smart glass.The glass features tiny strategically placed bubbles and impurities, which bend and guide the light in very specific ways.
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Most recently, Nintendo dropped a trailer on July 8 which, among other things, showed us four new Pokemon.Here's everything we know so far.Sword and Shield aren't the first Pokemon games developed specifically for the Switch.They follow Pokemon Let's Go: Pikachu and Let's Go: Eevee, reimagined versions of 1998's well-regarded Pokemon Yellow.This likely means a harder experience than that found in the Let's Go games, which, while a delight to play, presented almost no challenge whatsoever to the PokeMasters among us.Another Let's Go feature noticeably absent from the Sword and Shield trailer is rideable Pokemon, which replaced bikes and flight skills (known in the games as HMs).
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Tesla owners and customers hoping for a refreshed Model S or Model X are going to be waiting indefinitely.Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday night that there will be no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming.In automotive speak, refreshed typically means small revisions to a vehicle model that extend beyond the typical yearly updates made by manufacturers.A refresh is not a major redesign, although there’s often a noticeable change to the vehicle model.The company will make minor ongoing changes to the luxury electric sedan and sport utility vehicle, Musk said.One recent example is Tesla has taken the Model 3 rear drive unit as the front drive unit in the S and X.
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New Mexico police are searching for vandals who cut locks and made holes in zoo enclosures over the weekend, allowing four animals, including a bobcat, to escape before they were quickly wrangled nearby.A visitor at the Spring River Park and Zoo in Roswell first alerted zookeepers to an apparent opening cut into fencing at the red-tailed hawk exhibit Sunday, police said in a news release.Staff evacuated the estimated 15 to 20 visitors and discovered four more vandalized exhibits.GORILLAS MAKE HILLARIOUS ATTEMPTS TO AVOID RAINFALL AT SOUTH CAROLINA ZOO IN VIRAL VIDEOA raccoon, two raccoon-like coatimundis and a bobcat had escaped their enclosures, according to police.The four animals were found within 20 minutes in “keeper areas” not accessible to the public.
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A huge number of Android users have been tricked into downloading a fake Samsung firmware update app that claims it will update a phone’s software, but in reality redirects users to an ad-filled website and predatory subscription plan.The app is still live on the Google Play Store as of July 5 at 8PM ET, though it will no doubt get removed in the near future.Despite a huge number of 1-star reviews, the app ‘Updates for Samsung’ presently features more than a 4-star average rating and appears upon one’s first look to be a legitimate update app.The predatory app was detailed in a blog post by CSIS Security Group, which found that it is distributing Samsung firmware on ad-filled web pages.In addition to presenting users with a mass of advertisements, the app is charging users to download these device firmware updates, which are freely available through official channels.The app requires users to provide their credit card info rather than using Google Play subscriptions.
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You wouldn't eat SunChips on the moon, would you?No, you would eat a damn MoonPie, a cake-like sweet creation with a space-y history.If the MoonPie company and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine have their way, an astronaut might actually get to bite down on a MoonPie while hanging out on the moon.This would create a collision of food pop culture and science so intense, it would scorch social media back on Earth.MoonPie laid out its case for sending its cake to the moon earlier this week, citing its history of moon obsession dating back to the sweet's creation in 1917.The company wants to be the first brand on the moon, which seems to fit into NASA's new open-arms stance on commercialization of space.
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It’s Friday, so why not watch some good old-fashioned drone-powered graffiti?A design firm in Italy has put together a lovely little show that collected sketches from the art community and put them all together in a giant mural, painted over 12 hours by a team of drones.We’ve seen spray-painting drones before, of course, but this is far better than the crude vandalism of a fashion billboard or even Disney’s more structured wall drawings.These drones actually put together something worth looking at!The Urban Flying Opera project was curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, which collected some 1,200 small illustrations via an app, selecting 100 to assemble into a single mural.The line drawings were then loaded into a central control computer and painting instructions relayed to a set of four drones equipped with paint cans, which worked over a 12-hour period to put the whole thing together.
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(Reuters) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against Amazon.com in a case that could expose the online retailer to lawsuits from customers who buy defective products from third-party vendors through its website.Numerous other courts, including two federal appeals courts, have held that Amazon cannot be held liable as a seller of products from third-party vendors.Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, which reversed a lower court decision, appeared to be the first to buck that trend.Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In addition to selling its own inventory, Amazon allows third-party vendors to list products for sale on its website.Such vendors may store their products in Amazon’s warehouses or ship them directly to customers.
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Sir Cliff Richard and DJ Paul Gambaccini have launched a petition demanding anonymity for people suspected of sexual offences.The pair – both of whom were accused of sexual assault and arrested in 2013 before the cases against them were dropped – want suspects to remain nameless until they are charged with an offence.If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be debated in the Commons.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.
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Researchers in Australia have developed the rotor blades of the wind turbine, inspired by the gulls. "We saw the potential to increase the capacity," says Jorg Schluter, professor of mechanical engineering.Nature is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the future.But just because it works in the main – it does not need to be an omnipotent solution. the rotor Blades are designed for large wind turbines often do not have a good level of aerodynamic efficiency as they are scaled-down, " says Jorg Schluter, at Deakin University, said in a statement.So, instead of looking at whales – lifted to the scientists, the eyes.
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June was a busy month for Mac malware with the active circulation of at least six threats, several of which were able to bypass security protections Apple has built into modern versions of its macOS.The latest discovery was published Friday by Mac antivirus provider Intego, which disclosed malware dubbed OSX/CrescentCore that's available through Google search results and other mainstream channels.It masquerades as an updater or installer for Adobe’s Flash media player, but it's in fact just a persistent means for its operators to install malicious Safari extensions, rogue disk cleaners, and potentially other unwanted software.“Mac users should beware that they may encounter it, even via seemingly innocuous sources such as Google search results.”Long said that the CrescentCore versions he observed were signed with certificates belonging to an Apple-trusted developer.That would allow the malware to bypass Gatekeeper, a macOS protection that’s designed to thwart malware by allowing only digitally signed applications to be installed.
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WASHINGTON, June 27, 2019 -- Old-school gunpowder is really called "black powder," and it was so crucial to the Revolutionary War effort that early Americans went to great (and gross) lengths to make it.This week on Reactions, find out what exactly those lengths were: http://bit.ly/july4thchemistry.Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.Subscribe to Reactions at http://bit.ly/ACSReactions, and follow us on Twitter @ACSreactions.For more of the latest research news, journalists and public information officers are encouraged to apply for complimentary press registration for the ACS fall 2019 national meeting in San Diego.The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.When it comes to gaming, a single delayed click of a mouse can define the outcome of the entire match.If your opponent’s faster response time has been the reason for your losses, then perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.As luck would have it, we’ve got a fantastic deal today that might pique your interest.The Logitech G903 Lightspeed, arguably the best wireless gaming mouse out there, is now on offer for as low as $59.99.Featuring the world’s most advanced optical sensor, the G903 delivers exceptional precision and consistent responsiveness even in your most tested moments.
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